At 3pm tomorrow our teams will kick off in their respective matches. The start of the season is one which every player and supporter looks forward to. Whatever happened last season is now history and confined to the archives and the points are even.
The close season is a time where every coach and manager must hold their breath waiting to see who returns for pre-season training. With money infiltrating our level of the game once loyal players will be tempted and some clubs will have found a benefactor to support their ambitions. I expect we have all watched and read with dismay about the demise of Bury FC. This may be football, but money crosses all divides, any ambition has to be balanced with sustainability. Sustainability is based on a foundation, at Weston the players we produce are an important part of that, another component is to provide a great place for local players to thrive and make this the kind of place where everyone feels valued.
Last Sunday I dropped in on the Mini and Juniors held their registration and fun day. The amount of work that people put into making that day run smoothly may not be appreciated by everyone. As a former chair of the junior section I am able to say that Sunday was by far the best Sunday I have seen.
At the time of writing the news is out that England Roses and World Cup Heroine Nollie Waterman is visiting on Sunday the 15th September with a few friends. We want the club packed for an entertaining event which aims to raise money for charity as well as provide a little inspiration and perhaps gain some insight as to what it takes to be a world champion and top class athlete.
I look forward to meeting those of you who make the long journey to Bracknell on Saturday, my aim is not to simply follow the 1st XV around the South West of England. I am very aware that we have three other senior teams running out most Saturdays, an enthusiastic Colts set up as well as hundreds of mini and junior players.
I look forward to meeting as many of you as I can this season.